Indecent assault occurs when a person takes sexual liberties, or unwanted sexual contact, with another person. Indecent assault includes acts like rubbing or groping a person for sexual gratification. Washington State has a similar law regarding indecent assault, and it’s called indecent liberties.

What are “Indecent Liberties”?

Indecent liberties are when a defendant allegedly forced non-consensual sexual contact with another person. 

What Do Prosecutors Need to Prove to Convict Me of Indecent Liberties?

Prosecutors have to prove the defendant knowingly caused another individual to have unwanted sexual contact with them or a third party. 

How Can Prosecutors Prove I Knowingly Made Another Person Have Unwanted Sexual Contact?

Prosecutors has to prove the defendant: 

  • Committed the act by forcible compulsion;
  • Is not married to the victim, who is incapable of giving consent due to mental or physical wellbeing; or
  • Was a health care provider and the person forced to have sexual contact was a client

What is the Punishment for an Indecent Liberties Conviction?

Indecent liberty is charged as a class A felony or class B felony, but the exact charge depends on the factors of the case. If the defendant forced sexual contact on the victim, then it is a charged as a class A felony that punishable by life in prison and/or a fine of up to $50,000. Otherwise it is charged as a class B felony, which is punishable by 10 years in prison and/or fine of up to $20,000. 

Should I Contact a Lawyer about My Case?

Yes, contact a Washington lawyer about representing you in your case.